Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Wednesday morning

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
May 7th, 2014

Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1.As effort is continuously intensified in order to rescue the kidnapped schoolgirls of Chibok, 11 others were abducted in the early hours of Monday and taken to the dreaded Sambisa forest.
The girls who were between the ages of 12 and 15 were kidnapped from Warabe village of Gwoza Local government area of the state.

2. No fewer than 300 persons were killed in a fresh attack launched by Boko Haram on Monday when they invaded Amborou Ngala town in Borno state with armoured vehicle. The armies on duty in the area got information that the missing girls were sighted around lake chad, and they hurriedly left for the place. The sect then invaded a market in the area, killed several people and proceeded to the main town to kill more people.

3. The Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, PPMC, and its Managing Director, Mr. Haruna Momoh have been asked to appear before the House of Representatives to talk on the alleged chattered aircraft scandal as it relates to the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Madueke or face criminal charges.

4. 11 land grabbers with weapons and charms were arrested by men of the Nigeria Police while allegedly launching attacks on residents of Idi- Agbon, in Ilogbo-Ota in Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state. Various weapons were recovered from them, says report.

5. Prof. Wole Soyinka while speaking on CNN on Tuesday berated President Goodluck Jonathan for being lackadaisical about the Boko Haram insurgency in the country. He said the sect’s campaign would have come to an end by now if Jonathan had listened to his advice of seeking international support. He however concluded that the war was a global one and must not be left for Nigeria alone to handle.

6. The Head, Chibok Community in Abuja, Mr. Hosaih Sambido, had disclosed on Tuesday that some parents of the abducted schoolgirls had embarked on hunger strike to protest. Sambo disclose this when former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili led a protest to the Defence headquarters asking for the release of the abducted girls.

7. The All Progressives Congress has in its latest statement issued regarding the state of the nation said patience Jonathan’s crocodile tears and her unnecessary intervention on the kidnapped Chibok Schoolgirls was a distraction and would rather complicate matters.

8. Two persons have been confirmed dead and several houses burnt in a communal clash between Irigwe and Rukuba chiefdoms in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State. Youths from the two chiefdoms have been involved in a fight over a piece of land. Report says several others were injured in the deadly fight.

9. As the Boko Haram insurgents continue to work tirelessly to distabilize Jonathan’s government, the President has accepted the US offer to assist his government to tackle the insurgents and rescue the abducted 200 girls of Chibok in Borno state. Briefing State House correspondents yesterday, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said the offer was made via telephone call from the Secretary of State, John Kerry on behalf of President Barack Obama.

10. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned that the reported intention of the Boko Haram sect to sell the abducted schoolgirls of Chibok into “slavery” could constitute a crime against humanity. The UN further stated that the days of the insurgents were numbered as their reign would soon come to end.

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